We bear a brand,
a stigma which bears no seed, evokes no reverence
We face the choice of broad or narrow way at its most stark
When we die, we die for you.

This is for the Trifecta challenge, again, use the word “brand”, in its third definition-
3a (1) : a mark made by burning with a hot iron to attest manufacture or quality or to designate ownership
(2) : a printed mark made for similar purposes : trademark
b (1) : a mark put on criminals with a hot iron
(2) : a mark of disgrace : stigma-
in a piece between 33 and 333 words. I like the challenge of 33. I was going to write this in 333 words, but why use 333 when you can use 33?

I found the video of Dwayne Jones at Annie Paul.

Please comment. As this is a writing challenge, constructive criticism is particularly welcome.

13 thoughts on “Brand

    • Welcome, Freya. What a lot of prompts and challenges you do.

      “We” are the transgendered, in the widest sense of the word- different phenomena, different cultural expressions- and “you” by my intent were the cisgendered. However, you could universalise it. The child is Dwayne Jones, murdered in Jamaica. Do watch the video, the dancing is beautiful.


  1. The term cisgendered is relatively new to me which is shocking considering the amount of involvement I’ve had with the LGBT community here in Atlanta. A friend of mine posted a rather insightful article a few months back that put a slant on it that I hadn’t even considered.

    You packed a lot of punch into 33 words!


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